El Pomar Foundation approves $92,500 to San Luis Valley organizations

COLORADO SPRINGS — El Pomar Foundation trustees approved $92,500 allocated to eight nonprofit organizations and government entities in the San Luis Valley at the Foundation’s March Trustees meeting. Through the Foundation’s grant making process, the following organizations were awarded grants:

  • Adams State University Foundation, Inc. (Alamosa) — $10,000 for pediatric and infant medical mannequin; regional council
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley, Inc. (Alamosa)

— $50,000 for early childhood learning center; competitive

— $5,000 for early childhood learning center; regional merit

  • City of Monte Vista — $10,000 for Monte Vista Kids Connection general operating support; competitive
  • Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (Denver) — $5,000 for Heart of Saguache general operating support; regional merit
  • HadaNou Collective (Denver) — $5,000 for Shooting Stars Cultural and Leadership Center general operating support; regional merit
  • Quivira Coalition, Inc. (Santa Fe, N.M.) — $2,500 for Colorado Coalition to Enhance Working Lands 2024 Annual Summit; regional council
  • Upper Rio Grande Animal Society (Monte Vista) — $2,500 in general operating support; regional merit
  • Valley Citizens Foundation for Health Care, Inc. (Del Norte) — $2,500 for wellness center; regional merit

Founded by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937, El Pomar Foundation has an established legacy of general-purpose grant making. The competitive process remains the Foundation’s primary vehicle for organizations to receive funding. Additionally, over the last 85 years, El Pomar has either developed or been entrusted with the stewardship of other funds and presenting merit grants in each region recommended by Trustees and regional council members. Competitive applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

To increase impact and establish connections across the entire state, the Regional Partnerships program was established in 2003. Each of the Foundation’s 11 regional councils advises El Pomar Trustees and recommends grants to help support its communities. The San Luis Valley Regional Council recommends grants in Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties. Council members are regional leaders in the business, nonprofit, and public sectors and provide first-hand information about current needs in their own communities.

To view a listing of El Pomar’s funds and grant making areas, visit www.elpomar.org/grant-making/.

El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in Colorado. El Pomar contributes approximately $25 million annually through grants in the areas of arts & culture, civic & community initiatives, education, health, and human services, as well as community stewardship and leadership development programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations. Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937 with the mission to enhance, encourage, and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado.